Funds awarded to Socjetà Filarmonika, Santa Marija, Zebbug

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Funds awarded to Socjetà Filarmonika, Santa Marija, Zebbug, Gozo

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici distributes funds to band clubs

The Socjetà Filarmonika, Santa Marija, Zebbug, Gozo, is the only band club in Gozo to have been awarded funds by Ghaqda Kazini tal-Banda and Arts Council Malta within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.

The Ministry in a statement said that 30 band clubs in total are benefiting from €150,000 through this managed fund.

It was open to all Band clubs in Gozo and Malta, which were registered as voluntary organisations and were compliant with the Voluntary Organisations Act by the closing date of applications.

Each band club had the opportunity to apply for a project costing €5,000 or €10,000; grants covered 85% or 75% of the project expenses respectively. Profit-making projects were not eligible.

Now in its second year, the Ministry explained that this fund is aimed to strengthen the work done by band clubs, which have an important part within our communities as well as serve as cultural centres of activities.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici highlighted the importance of such initiatives.

“Band clubs play an intrinsic role of being vibrant cultural hubs within our localities. They organise ongoing cultural activities throughout the year, and they keep upholding local traditions, which form an inherent part of our country’s social and cultural fabric,” he said

Project ideas included the restoration of objects/works of art within the band club premises such as musical archives and old instruments and strengthening music teaching within the organisation by assisting musical conductors and teachers through music-learning and training programmes in renowned tertiary level education institutions.

The Ministry explained that band clubs could also restore and renovate infrastructure by transformi

Funds awarded to Socjetà Filarmonika, Santa Marija, Zebbug

ng a music-learning environment into a more professional one, strengthen the internal administrative systems principally related to musicians and implement innovative projects through which Band clubs could expand their music activity in Malta and beyond.

Photograph: DOI/Jeremy Wonnacott

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